I’m impressed by the quality of pumpkins on show: i think it’s a Facebook thing. Competition has definitely hotted up these last few years as my friends settle down to have children and our attempts to compete on the bike are replaced by the need to outdo each other in carving the most menacing vegetable. Once the creativity is complete, it’s only right to snap it and share it. For preference, candlelit and brooding against a dark night sky.
There’s a lot at stake: get it right and your bragging rights are significant. Get it wrong and you’re consigned to the compost heap of dad-hood.
But help is at hand: Google is your friend. There are a wealth of resources dedicated to sharing tips and techniques for scraping, gouging and cutting out the most fearsome visage you desire. It’s performance support at the most organic level.
It’s pervasive: the impact of collaborative technology. We create, we capture, we share. We research and follow trends, find inspiration and support within our communities.
Halloween, which always used to be a somewhat local affair, is now global as i see photos from America, Australia, Europe, from friends around the world. It’s a typical example of the subtle but engrossing changes bought about by the communities and collaborative technology.